Happy Bump Day! (33 weeks)

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It’s been SIX weeks since my last pregnancy update.  Between a few mini-vacations with the family and being a bit mopey and pouty about my lack of running, I haven’t had the heart to do an update. BUT, my back pain is almost totally gone and I’ve come to terms with the prospect of having to wait until post delivery to run again, so my mind and heart are in a better place.

Today marks the start of my 33rd week.  Part of me still hasn’t fully accepted the fact that I could be holding a newborn in just 5-6 few weeks (I was a week early with my son).

Running – Not much to update here as I haven’t gone on a single run since July 9th.  I have a chiropractor appointment today and am hopeful that we will be able to begin discussing a tentative timeline to return to running.  The last few days have been glorious – almost no back pain and I’m finally walking without a silly limp.  The hardest thing has been trying to stay positive and prevent the I feel crappy feeling from the lack of any sort of exercise (other than easy walking). Running GIVES me energy and makes me happy (as I’ve discussed in previous posts) so I’ve been trying my hardest to not let my lack of running get me down the last few weeks.

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    Happy Bump Day! (27 weeks)

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    Holy Moly. I have one week left until I am in the 3rd trimester – the home stretch!!

    Overall, I feel great.  There are definitely those days where I really feel like I’m pregnant, but for the most part, I am able to do most things I was doing prior to pregnancy.

    Running – Running has continued to be one of the highlights of my day (on the days I run!).  I’ve had some absolutely amazing runs the last couple of weeks and am still maintaining an 8:30-8:45 pace on the majority of them.  My weekly mileage is ranging anywhere from 20-35 miles/week with runs between 4-10 miles.  I ran 10 this past Saturday and felt that I could easily have run further.  But I’m really trying to not overdo it with high mileage since I have my son to return home to and take care of.  I had the luxury of only worrying about myself during pregnancy #1 and so if I was exhausted from a long run, I could kick my feet up and nap for the rest of the afternoon.  Having a 17 month old toddler makes that difficult!!  So the mileage is not as high as I would have wanted but I’m beyond ecstatic with my pace.  I ran the Mini 10k (6.2 miles) at a 7:51 pace at 25 weeks and the 10 miler at an 8:33 pace (26 weeks pregnant).

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      Feature on BlogHer!

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      I received an email yesterday from one of the editors at BlogHer informing me that they loved one of my recent posts and were planning on spotlighting me and the post on the BlogHer homepage and the BlogHer Moms tab!

      It’s a post I really enjoyed writing…but especially enjoyed reading all of the amazing and honest comments from fellow moms.  My hope was (and still is) that it helps those expectant moms who may have put on “too much weight” during their pregnancy despite eating healthy and staying active – as you can see from the comments, there are MANY healthy, active women who put on more than the recommended weight.

      If you haven’t read the post yet or want to head over to show some love, here is the link on the BlogHer site!

      Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines – do they really help moms?

        Suggested Weight Gain During Pregnancy – Harmful or Helpful?

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        I had another post planned for today, but after I received an email from a reader yesterday (that I have not been able to get out of my head), I felt this issue needed to be addressed and discussed.

        Below is a quick synopsis of the email I received(I want to keep her anonymous):
        Reader X is pregnant with her first child. She’s an extremely active (biked 100 miles just before she got pregnant), petite woman ( she would get turned away if she tried to donate blood), who has continued to eat healthy and remain active during the early part of her pregnancy.  She gained 10 pounds in her first trimester and although she was initially okay with this weight gain, is now distraught because her doctor gave her a hard time about it at her last appointment.

        I briefly talked about my weight gain during my first pregnancy in a previous post.  I am not ashamed to admit that I gained 9 pounds by week 10.  I was eating healthy, running, and maintaining my usual active lifestyle (occasionally biking, walking, doing the elliptical and strength training).  The numbers on the scale were going up and I was starting to freak out.  I had known my doctor for most of my life (I went to high school with his daughter) and therefore, he knew my lifestyle and calmed me down.  He told me over and over again that every woman’s body handles pregnancy differently – and the quick weight gain was my body’s way of preparing itself for the next 7 months and then for labor and delivery.  The weight gain was primarily in my thighs, hips, and butt – the areas that would receive most of the pressure from the pregnancy and L&D.  My doctor was right – over the next 7 months, I gained a total of 16 pounds – I went into labor having gained 25 pounds (which, according to most pregnancy sources, is on the low end of the 25-35 range for a woman of my BMI/weight).

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          Running through Pregnancy – Part 3 – the 2nd Trimester

          4 mile race @ 24 weeks

          In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here.

          By the end of the 2nd trimester, I was averaging between 30-40 mi/wk while running anywhere from 4-10 mi/day. My “easy” pace had begun to slow down – instead of an 8:30 pace, most runs were now around 9:00 min/mile. I had heard numerous times that the 2nd trimester was the honeymoon phase of pregnancy…after experiencing it, I could not agree MORE!  For most of the 2nd trimester, I was able to run 6x days a week and was actually running more at 25 weeks then I was at 10 weeks. My belly was slowly growing, but it was still small enough to not get in the way while running.  The occasional nausea I felt in the 1st trimester was gone and my energy levels were through the roof.  There were days where I felt like I could run forever – and I often turned planned short runs into long, slow ones (upwards of 10 miles) because I felt great. 

          Races I completed
          Since I felt so great during the 2nd trimester, I decided to sign up for a few local races.  I ran the Fitness Mind, Body and Spirit 4-miler in Central Park with my girlfriend in September and the SI Half-Marathon in October.  
          My husband and family were leery with my desire to run the latter.  I promised that I would keep my pace around a 9:00 min/mile and would stop at the halfway point to eat to ensure that I was properly fueled for the long distance I was running. I also promised that if I felt or experienced anything that didn’t seem “normal”, I would immediately stop and call it a day.  This was not the time to do something stupid.  After discussing my plans with my husband and family, they were much more understanding and supportive of my desire to run the half-marathon! I had no time goals – I just wanted to run at a comfortable pace without pushing myself too hard.  

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